17th Jul, 2017 17:00

Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 103
Lot 103 - Hugo Naudé (South Africa 1869-1941)


Hugo Naudé (South Africa 1869-1941)

oil on panel

Signature details: signed

Sold for R113,680
Estimated at R100,000 - R150,000


oil on panel

Signature details: signed


24.5 x 29.5 cm

Stephan Welz and Co, Johannesburg, 15 October 2002, lot 420.


After his return from abroad in 1896, Naudé concentrated on familiar surroundings in the Worcester area and on the family farm ‘Aan-de-Doorns’, where he focussed on the daily activities on the farm. Owing to his formal training in portraiture, he readily found suitable subjects to paint in family members and in the farm labourers and their families. Eventually, after the completion of a home-built caravan, and his growing interest in the South African landscape, Naudé ventured on longer trips along the Garden Route, the Northern Cape and as far as the Drakensberg.Compositionally this small painting demonstrates sound artistic confidence in the manner in which the artist approached this majestic view across the bay at Hermanus. With self-assured mark making and his generous use of pigment, this work gives the impression of the artist stumbling upon this view by chance and setting up his easel to capture the bay from this exceptional lookout point.Through his innovative use of an elevated perspective, Naudé created a strong sense of visual drama on this small formatted panel. By placing the rocks and a hint of shrubbery in the immediate foreground the eye is drawn downwards to the crags and a small cove below, before opening up and expanding into an impressive vista of the bay, cleverly edged by a mountain range and dramatic cloud formations on the horizon.By nature the seascape proves to be a notoriously difficult subject for painters and is often ruined through flagrant schmaltz. However, as in his various other depictions of the Cape coastline, this painting demonstrates how Naudé excelled in an almost understated way in depicting and interpreting a moment of solid coastal scenery without the slightest hint of visual sentimentality .During his painting life Naudé was absorbed by the scenic beauty of Hermanus as can be seen in this splendid painting. Eventually the town became an important ‘port of call’ where he stayed over for weeks on end to study and nurture his lifelong interest in botany and gardening. He was known to go on long hikes amongst the fynbos before traveling further afield along the Cape Garden Route.

Eunice Basson

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Auction: Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art, 17th Jul, 2017

Aspire Art Auctions’ second Johannesburg sale offered a selection of some of the best works produced by local and international artists available on the local market. Offerings included Cameroonian-born, Belgium-based, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Chilean, Eugenio Dittborn, and South Africans, William Kentridge, Kendell Geers, Louis Maqhubela, Cecil Skotnes, Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, and Mohau Modisakeng, amongst others.

The sale was led by an international auction record of R1 200 320 achieved for a drawing, Children under Apartheid, by exiled South African artist Dumile Feni, as well as the successful sale of top international lot Golden Mask by renowned performance artist Marina Abramović. 


Friday 14 July 2017 | 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday 15 July 2017 | 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 16 July 2017 | 10 am – 4 pm

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